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EASP – European Association of Social Psychology

Fully Funded PhD Position in Social and Health Psychology

19.08.2020, by Tina Keil

University of Glasgow, UK
Application deadline: September 7th, 2020

Logo: Univeristy of Glasgow
Logo: Univeristy of Glasgow

Our team at the University of Glasgow are recruiting a PhD student for a project investigating cutting-edge technological solutions in health behaviour change. The studentship is funded by the Medical Research Council and involves collaboration with an industrial partner, Welbot (https://welbot.io/). We seek outstanding candidates with a background in social or health psychology, and an interest in applying their knowledge in real-life settings. We offer a fully funded 3.5-4 year position, with in-depth training, an interdisciplinary supervisory team and a generous project budget.

Project title

Implementing and evaluating just-in-time adaptative intervention to reduce sedentary behaviour and improve wellbeing: Collaborative project with Welbot, a workplace wellbeing platform. Project description: A sedentary lifestyle, combined with low levels of physical activity, is highly prevalent in the UK and can lead to poor mental and physical health. Interventions to reduce sedentary behaviour work best when they are tailored to the specific needs and context of a person and when physical activity is integrated into everyday life. A “one size fits all” approach is unlikely to deliver results at the scale that is needed, but Precision Medicine offers a promising approach: using insights from behavioural science, we can adapt interventions so that they respond, in real time, to the users’ behaviour and context.

This project will involve a collaboration with the company that created Welbot – a computer app that prompts users to take breaks from the screen and perform short exercises. The student will use insights from psychology and related disciplines to identify strategies that could increase the impact of the app on physical activity and psychological wellbeing, and will develop methodological expertise to rigorously evaluate if those strategies are in fact effective. The student will gain experience in analysing app interaction data, physiological and behavioural indicators, and questionnaire data, and will have the opportunity to create evidence-based strategies that will then be incorporated into a commercial product.

For more information, see: https://www.findaphd.com/phds/project/mrc-precision-medicine-icase-implementing-and-evaluating-just-in-time-adaptative-intervention-to-reduce-sedentary-behaviour-and-improve-wellbeing/?p123307

For informal enquiries, please contact Dr Kasia Banas (Kasia.Banas@glasgow.ac.uk)

Application deadline: 7th September 2020 (for a starting date in October 2020)